Leather Waterproofing on Holsters?
This is a discussion on Leather Waterproofing on Holsters? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; One thing I don't want in a holster is that "Restores dried leather to a soft and supple condition and protects it from further damage."
May 26th, 2009 09:50 PM
One thing I don't want in a holster is that "Restores dried leather to a soft and supple condition and protects it from further damage."
That may be fine for a belt, but not for a holster. I don't even want a gunbelt to be soft and supple.
Sounds great for boots, however.
May 26th, 2009 09:50 PM
May 27th, 2009 12:46 AM
Always ask the holster maker or look at their site for care instructions.
Oil is always bad for holsters that have any structure what so ever built into it. Please don't oil any of mine it will void the warranty.
"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking" - George S. Patton.
May 27th, 2009 04:18 AM
Thanks for all the great replies. I went ahead with the NikWax which says it's a breathable elastomer waterproofing and is marketed for leather. Hasn't softened the leather, water beads up and can't be rubbed in to the surface. I have the Obenaufs LP for boots and saddles but it does soften leather if applied heavily so I was unsure of its effect on a holster.
My problem was due to absolutely dripping sweat while rebuilding a house during the first couple days of 80 degree weather. While wearing a tool belt and nail bags carry options are limited. My Galco (2 years old) shoulder holster straps were soaked through and salt stained. The holster fared a bit better but moisture had reached my EDC. Threw the straps in the washer with some jeans, scrubbed the holster and mag carrier, air dried carefully and gave a couple good applications of the NikWax. Everything seems great so far.
May need to look into a shoulder holster system made from bio-thane or similar synthetic.
May 28th, 2009 03:14 AM
okay, heard enough. Wont use anything on leather holsters. Boots yes, holsters no. Thanks!
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